Thursday, 30 April 2015

Z is for Zennor …



Zed for Zennor, appropriately in our A – Z Challenge, is alphabetically the last parish in Britain.  The village lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the north coast coastal road and path about 5 miles from St Ives.


Zennor from Trewey Hill, with
the Atlantic Ocean nearby
Zennor has lots of history … way too much to include in this Z for zee-end post … Zennor Quoit is a megalithic burial chamber about a mile east of the village … it dates to between 2,500 – 1,500 BC and is one of the eight remaining quoits on the West Penwith moors.



Zennor Quoit
St Senara’s Church, after whom Zennor is named, is dedicated to the local saint, and is at least 1,400 years old, though it was rebuilt in the 12th century (1100s).  The current building is partly Norman and partly 13th and 15th centuries.

Zennor Church: it is surrounded by a
circular graveyard, the boundaries of which
have existed since the Bronze Age, and
in which parish residents have been
buried for centuries.




The tower contains tombstones, including one with an inscription for a “Hen-pecked husband” with a beautiful engraving for the “four winds which daily toss this bubble”: don’t ask I haven’t seen them!!






The Mermaid Pew, showing
the bench end


The Mermaid of Zennor is a popular Cornish folk tale, the legend of which has inspired many works: it makes interesting reading with then lots of links to poets, folk songs, novels, children’s books (which Suzanne Furness mentioned yesterday under Y for literature), art works, an opera, and a hymn …





Gurnard's Head: an Iron Age cliff castle/
promontory fort (In Cornish Ynyal -
meaning 'desolate one'
St Senara, too has an interesting history – another water borne saint, this time from Brittany – who is highly venerated.  The Mermaid’s chair, an ancient chair with carvings of fish on the seat and a pew end with a depiction of the mermaid admiring herself in a mirror, is believed to be at least 600 years old.



Tiny pic of the pub sign
 - but I liked the
sou'wester tree

Wayside Folk Museum – see my M post – is on the outskirts of the village … and the pub, the Tinner’s Arms – I know does folk nights. 



The Mermaid of Zennor -
by John Reinhard Wegeulin (1900)
It was originally built in 1271 to house the masons building the church; while the name is derived from the Tinners, with records of tin extraction in the area going back to Tudor times (1450s - 1603). 


Apparently D H Lawrence stayed a fortnight in the pub in 1916 … as you can see the pub sign (very tiny!) is a testimony to its origins.



It is a typical old English pub “all low beams and dark wood” with a “warm fire in the winter”, which retains a medieval ambiance.  Its special beers are “Tinner’s” and “Zennor Mermaid” … it has a “sleepy, timeless quality in a way that has not changed in centuries”.

The Tinner's Arms, Zennor (c/o P H Glasson)
There's a menu on the website

Food sounds good though … more 21st century:

Pigeon breast with mushrooms and tarragon sauce;

Terras Farm Duck breast with braised peas and Cornish new potatoes;

Chocolate fudge cake with clotted cream; OR ‘Moomaid’ ice cream made on the local farm;

OR … you can have an enjoyable ploughman’s with three Cornish cheeses and home-baked bread.


From Project Gutenberg - ebook of Traditions
and Hearthside Stories of West Cornwall by
William Bottrell (1800s)

That is Z for Zennor and Zee end ... from Aspects of British Cornish …


Hilary Melton-Butcher

Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

74 comments:

Elise Fallson said...

I'd love to visit Zennor one day, what a beautiful town and landscape. The history there must be incredible. :) I have to go back and read some of your old posts that I missed!

Clarabelle Rant said...

The mermaid chair is pretty special. What a great legend for Zennor to have.

I'm going to miss learning so much about your home in such fun and easy way. I've enjoyed every post, thank you!

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Susan Scott said...

Zo, we come to an end Hilary, how fascinating it has been, thank you so much. I remember some of the photographs from previous posts eg the painting of the Mermaid of Zennor. That Zennor Quoit is quite something, and so ancient!

Out on the prairie said...

Love the mermaid, I had a picture taken with one last year while in Hawaii. I still can't get her off my mind.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

Sounds like the perfect place to end the AtoZ - a fire, beer and nice food :D A place to park one's bottom and have a nice rest before picking up some history ;). Thank you for all the wonderful posts during April, I have really enjoyed learning all about Cornwall.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Bob Scotney said...

The Tinners Arms is the right place to end up.

Congratulations on another successful Challenge and for entertaining us with, and teaching us about, all things Cornish.

I'm sure Cornish Life would be interested in a lot of your posts.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Mermaids and hen pecked husbands;-) Love those details. Would enjoy a visit to the Z-place:)

Rhodesia said...

Just been catching up and I have loved this series. Problem is after reading about Chocolate fudge cake with clotted cream you have left me with my mouth watering! Take care Diane

Jean Davis said...

That chocolate cake sure does sound good.

I've learned a lot this month with your posts. Thanks for sharing all that history!

Chrys Fey said...

I've heard of the Mermaid of Zennor. I need to read up more on that tale. :)

Anabel Marsh said...

We did it! I’ve really enjoyed your Cornish posts, though I discovered them late. I loved our visit there last year and this will be a handy guide if we go back.
Anabel's Travel Blog
Adventures of a retired librarian

Joanne said...

Z-end indeed. Excellent fun tour of Cornwall. I've enjoyed it a lot and meeting you via blog world.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lots of mermaid legends. And Hen-Pecked Husband? How awful.
Congratulations on completing the Challenge!

D.G. Hudson said...

Zee end was excellent as was all the information about Cornish,an area of England I knew nothing about. I feel like I've taken a course from you and I could easily be a 'forever' student in history. Thanks and bravo for you, Hilary. I will have to visit the UK one day. Hub's ancestors on his father's side are English.
AND that pub does look welcoming. . .

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Wow I've never thought of eating Pigeon. Love your Z post. congrats for finishing the A-Z!!!

Bish Denham said...

Oh my... I think I could stay there a while and be very content. Particularly if I could eat at The Tinner's Arms. Yum.

I'm going to have to look into the Zennor Mermaid. Very intrigued.

Mark Clough said...

Never yet made it to Zennor, but having read your post I think I'd like to. Congratulations on completing the challenge.

Mark Koopmans said...

A cool parish with an awesome name, a church that made me go "Wow" and a pub that would make me feel at home...

What a way to end your Challenge :)

Thanks, Hilary, and I appreciate you stopping by mine so often over the past month :)

Have a great non-writing weekend :)

Vallypee said...

"You learn me so much" Hilary! Cornwall has so much fascinating history. I'd love to go there again. Maybe one day I can get down there. Zennor sounds wonderful! Have a lovely May weekend. It's a bit chilly here, so I hope it's warmer where you are.

Lynn said...

Well done, Hilary! Zee end, indeed! What a beautiful place Zennor is. Now I wish I had chocolate cake with clotted cream. Yum.

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Jeffrey Scott said...

What great fun it's been stopping by and reading more on the Cornish portion of England. I've truly enjoyed discovering your blog.
Keep up the good work. :)
Thanks again for posting.

KAT Writer said...

Congratulations! Love zee end. Thank you for all I have learned about our wonderful countryside.

Julie Flanders said...

Well now I'm dying for chocolate fudge cake with clotted cream. Yum!

Loved learning so much about Cornwall this month!

David P. King said...

I really want to go explore these places you've highlighted. Been enjoying your posts all month.

Congrats on surviving the challenge! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I've so enjoyed your theme, Hilary. I only wish I could travel and see all that in person. It would take months.

Spacerguy said...

Such a wondrous view of beauty flowing through here! Congratulations Hilary

cleemckenzie said...

Another place on this planet that is worthy of spending time in. I'd love to hike along that coast and take a walk through the old churchyard to peak at those tombstones.

This has been a wonderful theme. I've enjoy all my visits here, but then I always do.

Stephanie Finnell said...

A world away from me but I'm going to put it on a bucket list :)

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

Oooh, I LOVE the Mermaid of Zennor! It was one of the first stories I ever told to an audience :)
Congratulations on finishing the challenge! Don't forget the Reflections on Monday! :)

@TarkabarkaHolgy from
Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

A Cuban In London said...

What a fascinating post. I learnt so much. Thanks.

Greetings from London.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Zennor and Zee end! How great is that!!! Pigeon breast does not sound appealing. Congrats on completing this with so many beautiful posts!

Nick Wilford said...

It's got a lot going on for a little village. Everyone loves a mermaid and sounds like this one has endured for a long time.

Jo said...

I want to visit the pub, the food sounds delicious. Wonderful A to Z Hilary,thanks. Enjoyed all of it.

Vagabonde said...

I went back and read your posts on Cornwall – you have listed great information there. I always think of Cornwall as such a picturesque and wild area of England but I have never been there. Eating a ploughman’s lunch in a pub in Zennor sounds just perfect.

Vagabonde said...

I forgot to tell you that I went through a phase in the 1990s after a trip to England and buying a book by Mary Wesley. I went on and read all her ten novels – she described Cornwall very well. I even bought “Part of the Scenery” with pictures of Cornwall.

J Lenni Dorner said...

Fantastic! Thanks so much for this virtual tour. Your posts were wonderful.


Hope to see you at the after party. I'm looking forward to when the Reflections Linky List opens on Monday, May 4th.


-J @JLenniDorner

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Silvia Villalobos said...

A wonderful Z post, Hilary. Such great history, and so many stories of saints in that part of the world, same as in Romania. And the scenery is simply breathtaking. I don't know how anyone gets any work done and not spend their time looking out at all that beauty. :) Congratulations on completing yet another challenge. Well done. And thank you for visiting and commenting as well. It's always such a treat to find a comment from you. See you after some rest. Hugs.

fabfortee said...

Beautiful post Hilary and what an end to the A-Z.
You have done so much for making Cornwall even more popular and I think if your posts were compiled into one book, people would love to read it. Loved the photographs too.
Looking forward to reading more from you.
Congratulations to you on completing the A-Z challenge,
Regards

Marcy said...

Zennor sounds absolutely delightful. I really do hope to visit Cornwall someday! Thanks for your fascinating A to Z challenge posts.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I'd have the ploughman's lunch! In fact I plan on having a few while I'm in England.

Kern Windwraith said...

I'm with Sharon above. I'll have the ploughman's, and I'll wash it down with a pint of Zennor Mermaid. Mmm. Now I'm hungry.

Hilary, it's been delightful visiting your blog through the challenge. I've learned far more about Cornwall than I might have imagined, and there's still more, because now I get to go back and visit the posts I missed. But best of all has been finding you and wonderful, quirky humour, your head full of facts and legend and lore, and your bloggish community spirit.

I'll see you again in May!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Elise – it is very pretty down that part of the world. The history – as in France – reaches very far back. Thanks for checking in on the older posts .. I know you’ve been travelling.

@ Clarabelle – the Mermaid Bench has a great history and attachment to Zennor … but I’m honoured you’ll be missing my posts …

@ Susan – yes Zo we have reached the end … I’ve enjoyed adding the photos and art work as I’ve gone along – it can bring places and posts alive. Zennor quoit is a special Megalith … wonderful ancient word and world.

@ OOTP – ah your Hawaiin Mermaid will have been very special – especially if she’s still on your mind!

@ Tasha – the pub does look a very good resting place doesn’t it. Delighted you’ve enjoyed the tour of Cornwall …

@ Bob – yes, the Tinners Arms does seem the rightful place to end our journey about Cornwall … Thanks for the thumbs up about Cornish Life … and I’m delighted you’ve enjoyed travelling along the alphabet with me/us ..

@ Jennifer – Mermaids and hen-pecked husbands in one situ – is a good fun mix isn’t it .. thanks for the visit ..

@ Diane – good to see you and enjoy visiting Flanders and Amsterdam … chocolate fudge cake and clotted cream .. really would settle me down to recover!

@ Jean – a good dessert that’s for sure .. nothing like chocolate cake with cream. Thanks so much – I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your visits .. and learnt some history along the way …

@ Chrys – There was a lot going on in Zennor – so lots to read about and especially the Mermaid herself ..

@ Anabel – we did do it … well I’m glad you discovered me ... as I can now learn about libraries in your fascinating blog. And thanks re these posts being a handy guide to the county, should you decide to visit again …

@ Joanne – so pleased you’ve enjoyed visiting Cornwall with me … and yes – a great meet …

@ Alex – it’s a fun combination for one tiny village – Mermaids and Hen-pecked husbands! Thanks re the Challenge ..

@ DG – thanks for your brilliant comment … I’ve enjoyed writing about Cornwall … learning more things myself, while reminding myself of others … It’ll be good to find out more and see where your hub’s ancestors were from … a very good reason to visit at some stage in the future …

@ Teresa – pigeon is a luxury in Egypt … I guess it still is … and I’m sure pigeon was a ‘common’ food throughout history here … Thanks re the Z post comment and the challenge …

@ Bish – I know a fortnight at Zennor would be such a lovely break right now! In the pub as they have accommodation. There’s lots of history surrounding Zennor and its Mermaid … enjoy the look into it ..

@ Mark – it’s a lovely part of the world … but tucked away into the far reaches of west Cornwall … one day perhaps you’ll get here – but Greece sounds a very good place to make home.

@ Mark – a brace of Mark’s in the comments I see! The church and area is beautiful … the pub you’d definitely enjoy!! It’s been great visiting and I’ve enjoyed learning about Donald – and how he overcame losing his voice …

@ Val – it’s a pleasure to learn you so much! Cornwall would always welcome a visit from you – and you’d never be far away from the water!! It’s chilly here too … but next week sounds more promising.

@ Lynn – thanks Lynn … good to see you and I can be a better visitor now. Chocolate cake and cream ... a bit much at breakfast time …

Thanks everyone – it’s been a pleasure to have your support over the Challenge, meet new friends and see ‘old’ faces! … while knowing that the community spirit is fully with us all …

See you all soon – I owe lots of comments and visits – I’ll get there … rest up and enjoy May .. cheers Hilary

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Jeffrey – so pleased you’ve enjoyed the run around Cornwall with lots of cultural stop offs. Thanks – I’ll still be around … and see you soon …

@ KAT – delighted you’ve enjoyed your visits – thank you.

@ Julie – I must read your books and learn about Alaska! But am delighted you’ve enjoyed being here and ‘seeing’ around Cornwall.

@ David – that’s wonderful to know you’ve enjoyed the Cornish learning curve … and yes many of us survived …

@ Susan – thanks – there is a lot to see and I certainly haven’t done all the things I highlighted – reminded me of many though.

@ Spacerguy – thanks for your visit and good to meet you … and am so happy you enjoy the look of the postings …

@ Lee – There’s a coastal path – both north and south and around Land’s End … so lots of hiking available. I imagine Zennor churchyard, as too others are full of interesting tombstones leading to old worlds …

Thanks Lee – so glad the theme has proved so popular … appreciate your support …

@ Stephanie – that’s great … Cornwall likes being on people’s bucket list – because most will get here eventually!

@ Tarkabarka – how extraordinary that you told the tale of the Mermaid of Zennor – great to know. Fun …

@ ACiL – glad you enjoyed the visit …

@ Monti – thanks for the visits and I’ve so enjoyed Farrah’s paintings as you weave art into Farrah’s story .. clever use of your own skills as an artist. Pigeon is a good dish … and was for centuries a standard fare …

@ Nick – well done on all your Drabbles – they’ve been such great reads. Zennor is an interesting village and has retained its identity – thankfully – too far away and with not much space around it …

@ Jo – the pub would be a good place to visit – seems like it’s thriving … and the food does sound very good …

@ Vagabonde – delighted you took some time to read my postings. Thanks re the information in the posts … it is still a picturesque and wild area!! But the pub has a good reputation.

Thanks re the book – Mary Wesley .. she is a well known author … I think I’ll be adding a post with some extra info ..

@ J – good to see you .. and thanks for your visits.

@ Ibe – good to meet you and thanks for the visit.

@ Silvia – many thanks – yes I can imagine there’s a great deal of similarity with Romania – the myths, legends .. while your homeland is beautiful too … a rugged beauty … yet stunning, but still very rural – for now!

@ Fabfortee – many thanks for your thumbs up re my postings and the idea for a book … it’s being considered. Very happy to have you visiting in the future ..

@ Marcy – Cornwall will welcome you with open arms … and I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing some of these places …

@ Sharon – that’s fantastic ... if you are coming over – enjoy the pub lunches … perhaps we can meet this time.

@ Kern – the food at the Tinners Arms does sound good doesn’t it – coffee draws me now! I really appreciate your comment – just a brilliant one … and I’m so pleased to have met you too and to know that we’ll keep in touch …


Thanks everyone – it’s been a pleasure to have your support over the Challenge, meet new friends and see ‘old’ faces! … while knowing that the community spirit is fully with us all …

See you all soon – I owe lots of comments and visits – I’ll get there … rest up and enjoy May .. cheers Hilary

Carole Anne Carr said...

Oh, Hilary, I do hope the ebook came out well with no glaring errors, I am at the mercy of the Kindle machine that converts books to that format!!

Nilanjana Bose said...

Hi Hilary,

Great wrap to your A-Z, enjoyed each one, relived some very happy memories, and got to know a pile of new things too.

Thank you for your support during the A-Z and otherwise. And congrats on completing the challenge. Happy!

Deborah Weber said...

What a fabulous end note to your delightful series. I've learned so much and you've added so many more places-to-visit to my list. I'd certainly love to see that mermaid chair.

Manzanita said...

Z's are hard to come by but you found the exception. I've all my life been fascinated with Mermaids and I could spend a long time in study of that special pew. Your A-Z was a beautiful history lesson . I always think that I wish I had been able to read your posts long ago when I was still traveling and how I would love to visit the places you write about.

Here's to another a-Z for us.

Sharon Marie Himsl said...

Wow...perfect end finding a city starting with the letter Z. Congrats on finishing the a-z. Another fabulous posting and I learned a lot about Cornwall. Thanks!

Empty Nest Insider said...

You didn't even try to zip through "Z," as you ended as elegantly as you began, Hilary! Cute "hen-pecked husband" inscription! I've really enjoyed going through another A - Z with you, Hilary! Thanks for sharing the beauty of Cornwall with us. Try to get some much needed rest, my friend.

Julie

TexWisGirl said...

looks like a lovely place with a lot of history. :) congratulations on completing a-z!

Murees Dupé said...

Congratulations on completing the challenge, Hilary! I love stories about mermaids. That chocolate fudge cake sounds wonderful.

samantha mozart said...

I have so enjoyed this journey through Cornwall via the A-Zs, Hilary. I joined in the middle, so must return to read your earlier alphabetical entries. Now, at journey's end, I'll have the ploughman's before a warm fire and with a glass (or two) of Zinfandel. Do join me. :-)

Congratulations on making it through the A-Zs. I am very glad to have met you, and I will be back to read more.

Hopefully, Barbara, the Englishwoman I mentioned in my reply to you on my Z post will be here to enjoy your Cornwall stories.

Samantha Mozart
http://thescheherazadechronicles.org

Stephen Tremp said...

Okay, I saw the word fortnight and am finally looking it up as I read it in books like Game of Thrones. But we Yanks across the Pond never use this word.

Fortnight: something that takes place two weeks from now.

Now I know.

Juliet Batten said...

I never knew England had a town beginning with Z. Lovely to see your photos of Cornwall, and especially the standing stones. They always give me a thrill. I've been very busy, but now I have a cold and am grounded, I have time to visit you again. Thank you Hilary.

Sara C. Snider said...

Ooh, I'll take the fudge cake. Though, I am curious what a ploughman's lunch is, exactly.

I've really enjoyed the tour of Cornwall this month, Hilary. Thanks for the wonderful posts, and congratulations on completing the challenge! :D

Annalisa Crawford said...

Ooh, that menu looks delicious. Very hungry now.

Congratulations on reaching the end of April which such interesting and varied posts every day. I've learnt a lot about my own county!

Annalisa, writing A-Z vignettes, at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

klahanie said...

Hi Hilary,

You are not imagining this. I am actually here to leave one of my must-read comments to correspond with your latest must-read post.

I want to let you know that your meticulous detail and your added musings, makes your posts a highlight to me. That would be when I actually visit.

I briefly visited Zennor many years ago. Your info certainly adds to my knowledge. I basically drove by.

It seems we have a fascination with Mermaids in Britain. I've yet to see the one of legend near where I live.

Well done on the A to Z and enjoy the long weekend. May Day.

With kindness and admiration,

Gary

blogoratti said...

Looks great and interesting, thanks for sharing!

Guilie Castillo said...

It sounds fascinating, Hilary! I'd heard of the Mermaid's tale, but I didn't know it came from your neck of the woods -- how cool!

I've enjoyed your A-to-Z posts immensely... Thanks for all the insight into Cornwall and its ultra-rich culture; I learned a *lot* :)

Maria said...

Another awesome post and a great way to end the challenge! :)

I am glad to have met you through the A-Z blog hop, Hillary!

Rosalind Adam said...

Congratulations on completing this mammoth blogging task. I love that gravestome inscription about the hen pecked husband. Graveyards are fascinating, aren't they.

Rosalind Adam said...

Congratulations on completing this mammoth blogging task. I love that gravestome inscription about the hen pecked husband. Graveyards are fascinating, aren't they.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Zennor sounds rich in history and beauty. I'm coming over to the UK in June to visit our youngest. I know there is no way I can see all there is to see, but even a fracture will be wonderful. Thanks for teaching me so much about the Uk.

Sandy said...

Yes Google+ just is a nightmare. So many of their blogs...even if you get there are closed to only accept comments if you're a Google+ person, think I might give up blogging completely if that ever becomes more then a choice. Disgus, never sign in deleted that account long ago, wordpress gives me fits sometimes, but...I finally succeeded in deleting my blog space there which I never used...after the challenge, lol.

Lots of work, agreed. This was probably my best year, used a different blog. Sorry our paths didn't cross this year, as they have in others.

Sandy at Bridge and Beyond your pictures make me want to travel more.

Lisa said...

I don't know if there is a place you have posted about this challenge that I want to visit more than any of the others, but Zenner would be in the top number. I especially want to curl up with my computer, and a pint of "Zennor Mermaid" and write in cozy comfort at the Tinner's Arms. It's on my list! Lisa, co-host #AtoZChallenge, @ http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

blogoratti said...

Looks like a real adventure, and a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Carole Anne – I haven’t had a chance to look yet .. sorry!

@ Nila – thanks so much .. so lovely to have your comments and am glad I was vaguely supportive – I am way behind! Delighted you learnt a pile of new things while being here on the Cornish A-Z ..

@ Deborah – thanks so much … it’s lovely to think I’ve inspired you to visit some new places – yes the Mermaid chair is well worth a visit ..

@ Manzanita – thanks .. fortunately there’s a few Zs in Cornwall - but Zennor fitted the bill of the Z post perfectly! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment and I wish I’d been writing these years ago … but I was pursuing other interests! It’s a pity you won’t be able to get over to see the Mermaid Chair – but c’est la vie …

@ Sharon – Zennor is tiny – only 196 people live in the hamlet – so no city there. So glad you enjoyed your Cornish visits …

@ Julie – nope: no zipping here; so much to write about that’s of interest to all and sundry – me included! So pleased you had a happy time sharing Cornwall with me … I do need some rest.

@ Theresa – thank you so much – lots of history in Cornwall and another year of A – Zs finished.

@ Murees – mermaids make for good stories don’t they? and chocolate fudge cake … sometimes if I’m feeling thin enough to enjoy one?!

@ Samantha – I’m so chuffed that you enjoyed the postings so much .. and are happy to go back and check out the early letters. For once we don’t need a warm fire – the day is warm and sunny – bliss! But a glass or two of Zinfandel later on will be just wonderful and I shall enjoy your company …

@ Stephen – not really – it means two weeks of time at some stage … so I could visit you in CA in June for a fortnight; equally I could go on holiday for a fortnight next Monday; or I could take a fortnight off from today … I hope that clarifies it?! I’ve emailed you …

@ Juliet – I expect we’ve got a few other towns or villages beginning with Z … Zelah is another Cornish village … but it’s not as interesting as Zennor. Glad you enjoyed visiting the Cornish posts …

Part two following ....

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Sara – fudge cake .. ok nearly tea-time here! A ploughman’s is a hunk of good quality bread, butter, some salad veggies, cheese and/or ham / or hardboiled egg / or cold pie and some pickles … a good ploughman’s lunch!

@ Annalisa – yes the menu does look good doesn’t it … I think I might visit when I’m next down …

I’m delighted if you’ve learnt some new things about your (our) county .. it’s almost home to me.

@ Gary – it’s good to see you around the blogosphere again – I know we’ve reached Z or your A …… I’m delighted I’ve amused and entertained fellow bloggers this year – thank you. Mermaids can be found in many places I believe?!

@ blogoratti – glad you enjoyed the visit.

@ Guilie – I think there must be plenty of mermaid stories – not sure if they were propagated from Zennor .. I doubt it – but who knows! Delighted you enjoyed my journeys around parts of Cornwall in my eclectic way .. thank you.

@ Maria – good to have met you too – I’m a poor visitor at the moment and hope to catch up soon. Glad you enjoyed the posts ..

@ Ros – it is a mammoth job .. but I do enjoy it. Isn’t the gravestone inscription such a fun read: poor chap!! I agree graveyards are fascinating …

@ Joylene – I hope you can have a brief run down into Cornwall when you are over here visiting next month! Just glad you feel like you’re learning about the UK before you get over here .. I do hope you’ll have fun with the visit – I know you will re your spending time with your son and his family … special times.

@ Sandy – sorry I didn’t get across (so far) this year and missed your blog – I’ll be across … I’m just way way behind …

@ Lisa – Zennor coming top of the list … that’s brilliant – it’s a delightful area. I agree a few days in the Tinner’s Arms would be good wouldn’t it … at this moment wonderful!! Wonderful pub food, with vino or an ale …

@ blogoratti – thanks for your 2nd visit ..

Cheers everyone – I’ve now reached the end (nearly) of replying to comments on the A - Z .. so I can visit your blogs .. I am way behind but will catch up soon (I hope!) … now to the Reflections post .. but first a walk in the sun. Hilary

Elsie Amata said...

I'm like you, I don't really like to short posts, especially when I feel like it's an important topic (what isn't when we're writing, right?).

Minack Theatre reminds me of the San Antonio River Walk in TX and the Red Rocks in CO. Beautiful!

Michelle Wallace said...

The Mermaid Pew is beautiful!
I also love the Zennor Quoit picture...

Well Hilary, that brings me to the end of my 'A To Z Lurking' here at your place!

Sara said...

Hilary,

I thought I'd let you know. I'll be crossing the pond soon and, thanks to you and your excellent posts, I plan on visiting Cornwall. You be hired as a writer for travel inducement. Your posts combine just the right amount of history, current affairs and FOOD.

Anyway, thank you for all the wonderful posts you write:~)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Elsie - I try and start doing short posts - then want to tell my 'stories' - so they stretch out ... not sure what I'll do next year ...

Lovely old River Walks are wonderful .. the Coastal Path is not flat! But stunning though .. and your red rocks .. we have those in Devon and in South Africa ... wonderful countrysides around the world.

@ Michelle - well done on lurking across all my posts - brilliant achievement. The Mermaid Pew is a delightful carving .. and Zennor Quoit - all part of our childhood walks ...

@ Sara - you'll be here now - hope you're enjoying London and then Cornwall .. enjoy your time with the family and seeing different parts of England ... it's a lovely time of year to visit now ... always gorgeous hedgerows as you travel around.

Thanks everyone - it's been a pleasure sharing Cornwall with you all .. and all your comments from A-Z .. apologies for being so late in finishing these off ... I will be around in the Autumn .. but will pop in occasionally over the summer ...

Big cheers and enjoy the summer at least in this half of the world ... tomorrow is our longest day and then ... the slow slide to winter ... but as someone said - yes but Spring is on its way then!! Take care and keep happy - Hilary